Randy and Monica Zachary had been married and in ministry for 10 years. As a pastor and pastor’s wife, they did what they had always done – put on a happy face and pretend that everything was okay. But it was not okay. Secrets of alcoholism, deceit, and infidelity were killing their marriage. It would take a supernatural force to bring them back from the brink of divorce.
When the only thing in the world you want is a baby, hearing a doctor say your chances are slim is devastating. Dianne Leman always knew she wanted to have a big family. But she and her husband Happy struggled with infertility for years. Their desperate search for help led them on a journey that radically transformed not only their family, but their faith and future.
Mandisa is best known for singing powerful, upbeat songs of faith. When her close friend Kisha was diagnosed with cancer, Mandisa was confident God would heal her. When He didn’t, she fell into a deep depression that nearly claimed her life.
How do you live out your faith in relationship with a child who rejects it? When Kevin and Jeanie Thomas' daughter announced she was leaving home and leaving her faith, they were stunned. They had done their best to lead their kids to Jesus. What followed was an incredible journey of loving their daughter, even through the valley of the shadow of death.
Nobody sets out to be a failure. But what if failure is exactly what we need? Dallas Jenkins is the director of The Chosen. The first-ever multi-season show about Jesus. But long before The Chosen, Dallas wasn’t interested in making faith-based films. He dreamed of making it big in Hollywood. What God taught Dallas through failure became part of the incredible story that led him to creating The Chosen.
Jo Saxton is one of those people who seems naturally gifted to lead. She’s an author, speaker, podcast host, and leadership coach. But the early years of her life were filled with experiences that fed a deep insecurity. Her gifts and talents were buried beneath the weight of the baggage she carried. If you’ve ever questioned whether God could use even you, you’ll want to hear Jo’s story.
John Karakian has never really thought of himself as an evangelist. He’s just a guy who really loves his dog and his neighbors. John and Buddy met thousands as they walked the streets of suburban Detroit for 12 years. John had no idea that God could use something as simple as a chocolate lab to connect searching people with genuine hope.
How do you keep going when you’ve lost someone you love? Joy Sheehan has experienced the unthinkable. She has walked through the valley of grief, and what she’s learned will give you hope and maybe even help you find gratitude in the process.
What if you knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that heaven is real and you could spend eternity with Jesus? If you could see it with your own eyes, would that change you? Dean Braxton was a normal guy, living a pretty normal life, when he had an out of this world experience that changed him forever.
One of our fears about the coronavirus is that someone we love will get sick. What would happen to our health, our family, our faith? In February 2019, Coach John Brock traveled to France to work with a ministry. Stories of the spread of the coronavirus were just beginning, so John and his wife were very careful. It wasn’t until John returned to the United States that he realized something wasn’t quite right. Hear his story of beating COVID 19, and how God gave him hope and peace, even in the hardest moments.
Is it possible to have peace regardless of your circumstances, even when facing coronavirus? Dave Butts was in the middle of writing a book about peace when he learned he had Stage IV cancer. Hear Dave’s story plus an update to our original interview, sharing how you can have peace even in the midst of Covid 19.
As a Level 1 trauma nurse, Sarah Derocha had been trained to handle life and death situations. On a medical mission trip to a remote area of Bolivia, she was critically injured in a bus accident. Because of her experience, she knew her chances were slim. The only way she could survive would be if God intervened.
For decades Jessie believed that what happened to her as a teenager was her fault. The secret shame she carried was like a chain around her neck, dragging her down and affecting every relationship in her life. Drugs were a way to mask the pain, and eventually, addiction took everything- her kids, her relationships, and her career.
What happens to your faith when life doesn't follow your plan? Kellie Penn has always been a planner. She had a vision for what her life would be like, and she was confident God would be on board. But beginning in her childhood, life took a detour. What unfolded was a story that she would never have chosen- an unexpected journey through heartache to joy.
Michele Cushatt spent her life checking boxes, doing what good Christian girls do.Then one thing after another went horribly wrong and she was left wondering if God was real, and if He cared at all about her suffering. How do you hold onto faith when it seems like God Himself is gone?
Adversity can destroy us or make us stronger. As a child, Habeeb Habeeb was painfully shy and sheltered. Then a war stranded him thousands of miles from his family and far outside his comfort zone. The only thing he had left to hang on to, was his faith.
Kari Bollant’s life changed when she experienced God’s love. The woman who once had been paralyzed by fear became willing to go anywhere God directed – neighborhoods, college bars, strip clubs and beyond, just to share God’s love. If you long for a more adventurous life, you’ll want to hear her story.
Growing up with a toxic father had distorted Gina Copeland’s view of God. If fathers get angry, drink too much and abandon you, why would you ever trust them? It would take a relentless pursuit, and an overwhelming love of God to change her heart and her view of fathers.
It’s hard to surrender our lives to God. It’s even harder to surrender our kids. When their daughter was diagnosed with cancer, Trent and Lydia Hol were faced with the reality that they couldn’t control their world or their daughter’s healing. All they could do was surrender.
How does a kid from southern California end up in the mafia? Kenji Gallo soon realized that “the life” wasn’t the glitz, money, and glamour he had imagined, and there seemed to be no way out. When the FBI offered him a fresh start, he thought that would change his life. But it wasn’t until he encountered Jesus that he finally experienced hope and freedom.
You can’t read the Christmas story without bumping into angels. Zechariah, Mary, Joseph and the shepherds all encountered them. Do people still encounter angels today? That’s the question we asked, and the stories we share will fill you with wonder and hope.
When someone you love is in the throes of drug addiction, there is a cost. For Valena Claiborne, her mother’s drug use brought a high price. She lost her job, their home, and most of their possessions. But the even bigger cost for Valena was the loss of love, trust, and respect- Not just in her mom, but in God.
Eltricia Lindsey only wanted to try drugs. She never wanted to get addicted. She just wanted to do things her way. Her journey to humility included pain, prison, and eventually an encounter with God that set her free.
What happens when a detour in life turns into a permanent, unwelcome journey? When Laura Story's husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor, they prayed for healing and a return to their hopes and dreams. But God's vision for their life was a different plan, including finding unexpected joy in surrender.
Sometimes God gives us the choice to sacrifice something, and then trust that He is going to provide what we need. Micah Tyler is a singer and songwriter whose career started when he and his wife decided to give up safety and security and trust God to provide. That experience taught them a deep confidence in God’s faithfulness that has sustained them through literal and figurative storms.
For years JK Wilson locked away the traumatic experience that led to the birth of her son. After giving him up for adoption, she believed that part of her story was over. But God has a way of making beauty from ashes.
Have you ever felt like the foundation of your faith was crumbling? It's a hard experience for anyone, but especially if you are an artist who has built your career on songs of faith. Jason Gray share his story, his journey back to faith, and a new song in this episode of The Unfolding
Thirty years old with stage 4 cancer and a treatment plan that doesn't seem to be working - that is the unwelcome journey for Megan Thompson. How can you face such physical hardship and bitter disappointment, and not get angry with God? And if you do feel angry, can you still have faith?
The Unfolding has been bringing stories of actual people that have been a witness to the mighty power of our God! Listening to the people come forward with their experience of what God can do in everyone's lives is so uplifting!! Reality!! Praying and believing is more powerful than any kind of drug/alcohol ever created by man. Believing that our father is real and alive can transform anyone's life!!
When Carl Parks lost his son in a tragic accident, he was desperate for two things: to know that C.J. was in heaven, and that God would somehow use this tragedy for good. God kept his promise and brought good out of the heartbreaking.
When Carl Parks was young, he didn’t care about anyone, not even himself. Knee deep in drugs and alcohol, he was on his way to self-destruction. But a simple, unlikely act of kindness changed his heart and his life.
Have you ever been afraid that God might call you out of your comfort zone? Brittany Frost had always tried to do things by the book. But a Bible study on the Holy Spirit challenged her to pray, “God, whatever you want, I’ll do it.” God lead her on a journey far outside the comfort zone, to the other side of the world, and radically changed her home. (key words: miscarriage, adoption, orphan care)
When Julia Wilson's son came home from Afghanistan, she breathed a sigh of relief. But not long after he arrived, she began to see symptoms of PTSD. She had no idea of the depth of his struggle, and no idea how much she would need God to help her through the days ahead.
When Samuel Worden was 14 his life tragically changed in an instant. It devastated his family and his faith. Why would a good God allow this kind of pain? The hurt, sadness, and anger seemed like an impossible barrier between him and Jesus. But when he desperately needed a father’s love, Samuel had an encounter that changed him forever.
Kim Kidd didn’t think she needed God until she was facing a 50-year prison sentence. She couldn’t imagine spending the rest of her life in jail, so she asked God to take her life. But God had another kind of freedom in mind for Kim, including transforming her life from cocaine dealer to the first woman to receive clemency in the state of Indiana.
Stubborn, selfish, angry, adulterer. All words that Darren Mulligan uses to describe who he was as a young adult. Although he indulged every desire, he was miserable. When his girlfriend told him she had met Jesus, Darren wasn’t happy for her, he was actually angry. But her transformation was the beginning of a life-changing journey for Darren- one that would lead to him sharing the Gospel with thousands as lead singer of We Are Messengers.
How do you trust God when your dreams are shattered? Brenda Nevitt was devastated when her husband B.G. was killed in a motorcycle accident. But she knew God would get her through. She had experienced His faithfulness first-hand when she walked through an unthinkable tragedy less than a decade before. No matter what your loss, Brenda’s story will give you hope and encouragement.
For Jason Hanson being a Christian wasn’t about being transformed by God. It was more about believing he was better than other people. After pushing away doubts and questions for years, he finally told his wife Sallie he was an atheist. He began a journey to find out what was true. What he discovered changed his mind, but it would take God to change his heart.
One of Elisha Kearns greatest desires was to have a baby. Doctors told her she had a 3% chance of conceiving because of PCOS. The journey of infertility brought her to a place of desperation and leaning on God in a way she never had before. How do you wait for what God promised when your arms are empty?
Dave Butts was in the middle of writing a book about peace when he found out he had stage 4, incurable cancer. For most of us, that news would rock our world and challenge our faith. But God had been teaching Dave about the gift of peace that He wants to give every one of us- A peace that doesn’t change with our circumstances. If you ever struggle with worry or anxiety, you’ll want to hear Dave’s story.
Robert grew up in the poorest part of rural Uganda. For perspective, he got his first pair of shoes when he was 14. His father told him if he would just get a good education, then he would find a fulfilling and happy life. Miraculously, Robert made it to college, but once he was there, he realized education would not be his savior. He set out on a journey to find a higher purpose in life, and boy did he. You will love hearing this joyful, miraculous story.
When Kacy Harris found out she was expecting a child, the whole family was excited. But then they learned their baby might have Trisomy 18 and likely would not survive. Although she had been a Christian for more than 30 years, this was the first time Kacy felt God next to her, carrying her through.
Control seems like such a good thing, but God calls us to let go and let Him direct our path. For Jim Eisenmenger, that was tough, particularly when his wife felt called to something that seemed so risky. That’s when God used a Christian music festival to change Jim’s heart and loosen his grip on control.
What do you do when God calls you to let go of your dream, but hold on to Him? That was the painful place Michelle Lewis found herself. And it’s also the place where she found a hope stronger than anything she’d ever experienced.
Mark Schultz had always felt a drive to succeed. As the only adopted child in his family, it seemed to be a way to guarantee his adoptive parents would know they had picked the right kid. If he was the starting quarterback, the pitcher on the state championship team, the singer and songwriter who got standing ovations – that surely meant he was special. It wasn’t until Mark held his own adopted daughter that he finally had a revelation about God’s love for him.
If your goal in life is to be happy, what do you do when your marriage makes you unhappy? For Jaime Crosier, the answer was to move on. When Kevin and Jaime met, their life of partying together was nonstop fun. But after marriage, a child and an affair- happiness was long gone. It would take a movie and miraculous intervention to change their path toward divorce.
Kathy Garrison’s dream of a safe and simple life radically changed when God broke her heart for orphans. She thought adopting a child would be their family's big leap of faith. It turned out only to be the beginning.
For Clay Harrington, being a stutterer meant a childhood of teasing and humiliation every time he spoke in front of the class. That experience made him certain of one thing - he would never be a public speaker, and certainly not the preacher that his mother said he would become.
Long after Tina Zimmerman gave up on her father, her mother continued to pray that one day he would be saved. There was no earthly reason to believe it would happen. He was too far gone. But then God did something stunning.
From a very early age, Steven Curtis Chapman felt compelled to fix what was broken- to keep the peace, avoid conflict and make people happy. So what do you do when your family’s heartache is so deep, it can’t be fixed this side of heaven?
What if you grew up believing you were unlovable? What kind of person would you become? Many people believed Joe Buchanan would end up in prison, on drugs or dead. It would take a supernatural act of love to change his path.